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Sustainable cities and communities

We have significant ability to influence United Nations' Global Goal 11 of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Discover how we contribute to this goal of society.

The UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, links to our sustainability focus areas Green and Community Investment. We are engaged in several activities to help contribute to this SDG.

Strategic approach

Reaching high levels of external certification – such as LEED, BREEAM, CEEQUAL and Envision – has for years been an important way for Skanska to verify that buildings and infrastructure delivered to customers and society achieve a high sustainability standard. Also, through the Skanska Color Palette™, the Group focuses on environmental areas of importance for society.

Skanska aims to improve communities through holistic design solutions. This can involve creating integrated movement patterns to reduce segregation, opening shared spaces to enhance trust, promoting health and safety in the built environment, and by improving inclusiveness through increased accessibility for people with different needs.

Examples of activities

  • Skanska had a leading role in guiding the development of the Envision sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure, a system increasingly used in the USA. Skanska designed and built the first rail transit project certified under Envision, the Expo Line Phase II light rail in Los Angeles, USA. Read more about Envision at Helping set the standard for green infrastructure in the U.S.
  • In Poland, Skanska, together with partner Integration Foundation, is setting a higher bar for making buildings that are accessible to people with different needs, such as the disabled and elderly. Skanska is certifying all new Commercial Property Development projects in Poland to the Building Without Barriers certification, which recognizes highly accessible buildings. Read more at A vision of accessibility, becoming reality